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News Corp to purchase a stake in YES Network

Nov 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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As Calvin Coolidge once said, the business of the Yankees is business:

News Corp is expected to announce this week that it has taken a minority stake in the YES Network, a New York-based sports channel that broadcasts Yankee baseball and Nets basketball games. The deal could be announced as early as Friday, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction.

It does not seem as though there will be any content sharing or anything like that. It’s a minority stake. The Reuters report speculates that a News Corp-YES alliance will give YES greater leverage in negotiating fees cable companies must pay it to carry the channel because Fox channels could be brought into the negotiation.

I think they should further leverage the Fox relationship by putting Karl Rove on postgame duty:

Michael Kay: And that’s it from here in Yankee Stadium. Final score: Oroles 5, Yankees 3.



  1. steveflack - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    There’s been a connection for awhile, since they’re run Fox Business Channel newsbreaks in between an inning of every Yankee game. Also, Yes has a “SportsBusiness” magazine show, and I could see some Fox Business content sharing going on over there.

    Also, there’s been a frightening ad in the outfield for the last year for so that just says “POWER- FOX NEWS”. It’s scary.

  2. kranepool - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Aljazeera meets Pravda

  3. amaninwhite - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Another option could be to have Mitt Romney summarize every Yankees loss by saying the only reason the other team won was because MLB gave them “gifts”.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Could Rove possibly be worse than Suzyn Waldman?

  5. B. Bynum - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    The two evil empires unite! Yankees and FOX News.

  6. willclarkgameface - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. To properly enjoy a Yankees game you need to make over $300,000/year, have a Blackberry, sit behind home plate in comfy seats, have a beautiful Italian suit, and loosen your tie just enough to look “cas” but still business.

    It’s all okay. The joke is on these same people when they have to leave the Bronx at 11pm on a Tuesday night and have to take the 4 train back to their swanky dive on the Upper East Side, all the while sitting next to some degenerate that hasn’t showered in 6 months that looks like they want to take their wallet.

    Play ball fake Yankees fans!

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Because all folks that make over $300,000 a year in New York are exactly like you just described, and terribly snooty. *All* of them, according to you.

    • kiwicricket - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      The people sitting behind home plate at a Yankee game are making considerably more than 300K/per. Minus tax and the cost of living in NY, not exactly oodles left over. I would imagine they have enough brains not to criminally overspend on those particular tickets. The guys and gals getting $1M Christmas bonuses however…

  7. indaburg - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    You keep saying that, but they won, Karl, they won.

    • stex52 - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      An honest appraisal of Karls’ record on elections shows him to be highly overrated anyway. Sort of the Barry Zito of political operatives. And we’ll see how his SuperPAC goes when his customers total up the value on the dollar they got from the 2012 election.

      • indaburg - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Don’t undervalue the comedy gold he provides. “Is this just math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      I believe he responds to Turd Blossom.

  8. drewsylvania - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Has anybody interviewed the bastard since last week?

  9. anxovies - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    So, the degenerate is a Mets fan?

    • stex52 - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      That’s kind of how I see it.

    • kranepool - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      more like your realtive

      • stex52 - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        No, I don’t have any relatives who are Mets fans.

  10. sdelmonte - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Well, NewsCorp has been making money off the Yankees for years, every time it slaps A-Rod on the front page of the Post.

  11. drewzducks - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    At least it will give the 47% layabouts at home sitting on their couch something to watch.

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